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"Crowned Nuns: Profession Day Imagery in the New World" 

When: Mon., Jan. 27, 7 p.m. 2014
Price: Free
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I immediately thought of the Family Guy joke — "Lock and load, brides of Christ" — when I read about James Córdova's free talk "Crowned Nuns: Profession Day Imagery in the New World." But as you might imagine, the topic is a little more complex than that. "The nun's betrothal to Christ and symbolic coronation was a central metaphor of convent culture ... Crowns were used in convent funerary rituals as well as ceremonies of profession throughout Europe ..." says the 2006 book Woman and Art in Early Modern Latin America. Córdova will be covering the 18th-century Mexican aspect of the tradition at 7 tonight at Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). — Bryce Crawford

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